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Mysterious blobs of 'blue goo' on ocean floor stump scientists

By T.K. Randall
September 20, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments

What exactly is this thing ? Image Credit: NOAA
The NOAA's Okeanos Explorer vessel has discovered something strange and nobody seems to know what it is.
Over the last few years the ship and its crew have filmed and photographed all manner of weird and wonderful things in the depths of the ocean, but this latest find is perhaps one of the strangest things they've found to date.

Discovered using the vessel's remotely operated vehicle (ROV) in the area of ocean surrounding St. Croix (one of US Virgin Islands), these strange aquatic organisms appear as motionless blue blobs of goo on the ocean floor.

The crew had been live-streaming their exploration of the region as part of their "Voyage to the Ridge 2022" expedition when they spotted the blobs and quickly decided to zoom in for a closer look.
It soon became apparent, however, that they hadn't seen anything quite like them before.

While some of the scientists suggested that they might be some sort of soft coral or sponge, the team was ultimately unable to agree on an explanation.

"We're still not sure - and we all really like a good mystery," one of the team members could be heard saying.

You can check out the footage of the find for yourself below.

Source: Live Science | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by HSlim 1 year ago
Someone needs to have a chat with Papa Smurf
Comment icon #2 Posted by Robotic Jew 1 year ago
it's a blancmange!!
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 1 year ago
Whale poop?
Comment icon #4 Posted by CloudSix 1 year ago
It looks like a sort of sea sponge, from the looks of it. Cant be sure, but all of the ones I had contact with are similar in texture and appearance.
Comment icon #5 Posted by dragon1440 1 year ago
Maybe egg sac of some creature?
Comment icon #6 Posted by TripGun 1 year ago
All hail the biomass!
Comment icon #7 Posted by NCC1701 1 year ago
It could be a sea.... You name it.
Comment icon #8 Posted by fred_mc 1 year ago
It's a bumpy sea beanie .

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